Ants, Fireflies,and some Math

We are loving our insect unit so far!! Yesterday, we learned about ants and had so much fun!
First, we read Hey, Little Ant. I love this story and so did the kids. After reading, we gave our opinion on why the little boy should or should not step on the ant. Then we wrote about our opinions.

"The boy should not step on the ant because he is friendly."

"The boy should not step on th ant because the ant had a family. Yay! I did not get stepped on!"
We also read an informational text about ants and recorded what we learned on a circle map that we attached to the ants we made.

Today we read The Very Lonely Firefly. We talked about what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story and charted it on our big firefly.
We didn't have an informational book about fireflies, so we looked up information on the computer and charted what we learned. Then, the kids wrote something they learned about fireflies and we attaced our writing to our fireflies.

In math today, we used fireflies (beans painted black with glitter paint on the end) to decompose teen numbers into 10 and a number more. Even though we've done lots of activities like this, something about the glitter seemed to make it stick today! This activity is from my friend Deeanna's new pack on TpT.

We also finished up our Buggy for Math story problem book and craft. These turned out so cute and they were such a great way for the kids to practice story problems! They are doing so well deciding if we should add or subtract.

An example of one of the pages
This craft and math story book can be found in my TpT store. There are 10 story problems {I only used 5 for my kiddos} and there is also an option to use a fact book about insects {you can see that book here}.
Happy Wednesday!


  1. This is adorable! I love it and I am pinning now!

  2. So cute! We love using Hey Little Ant for opinion! The glitter on the fireflies is a great touch!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  3. This is darling . . . love the story book! Pinned this for my kinder friends.


  4. Those fireflies are too cute! I also love that math activity with the net.
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  5. Love the fireflies, Buggy for Math - great for Spring!


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